kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2008 12oz bottle, batch #7777, courtesy of SQNfan and artusory. Thanks, guys! Pours a very dark, dense chocolate-cola color; fluffy medium-dark brown head with web-like lacing. Chocolate-covered cherries and strongly toasted and vanilla-laden oak character (like a heavily oaked chardonnay) in the aroma; some sweet butteriness, with dark chocolate and ripe cherries lurking beneath. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy, intense chocolate cherries, roasted malts, buttery bourbon, and solid chocolate presence; very generous, clearly expressed barrel character melded well with a beer I normally donít care for; just enough cherry coming through to make this an especially interesting beer; really great stuff, and the barrel character works nicely here. Damn tasty. Lengthy finish: dark chocolate, fudge, and some lingering red fruits at the far end; decadent.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Anwar for this bottle!
I donít know what it is, but Larry has a knack for picking the right barrels and amount of time for his beers. This along with the BA Expo/DC, BA Java, BA Third Coast are all exceptionally done.
The balance between bourbon and cherry is perfect. Only on a few sips did the bourbon dominate. Mostly they were neck and neck fighting for the forefront. Delicious mouthfeel. Very good BA undertones. The oak, vanilla everything melds well together with the cherry. Good mouthfeel.
Iím still waiting on the straight BA Expedition! Bottle some of that for a brotha!
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2009 12oz bottle from derek.....i wasnít expecting much from this brew considering the fact that i was not particularly found of their cherry stout but damn!.....very close to lack pour with brown edges that left a thin swirling medium tan head.....a very nice plethora of aromas make up the nose: bourbon, soft vanilla, toggee, molasses, and a dash of sour cherries which were all nicely melded together.....for the sake of trying not to be redundant, the flavors were a solid combination of the aforementioned qualites found in the nose. the barrel aging really worked well with this beer and genuinely enhanced the beer.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the most unique aromas I have encountered in a long time. BBA roasted coffee grounds,distinct oak, and a butterscotch ,caramel finish. This defintely smells more like warm bakery then beer. Cherry not that evident. Chocolate and rich malts,with more roastedness and now some cherry in flavor,smooth and creamy,slight detraction is a little acrid bitter finish,like you would get from old coffee,plus I was never a fan of whatever Bells is using to get that cherry flavor,but I quibble. Absolutely remarkable in its complexity and barrel flavors. Thanks Kingpin
noel1369 (4) - Ada, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2008 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out rich and dark with a deep carmel head that dissapates quickely. The aroma is startling and overwhelming. Odd and fantastic at the same time. It smells like an inky cabernet.
You get chocolate , cherry, vanilla, charred oak, and oh yeah you get the bourbon aspect as well. Itís funky, yet... one sip and you know you want more. It coats the mouth with thick cocoa, subtle tart black cherry, and the alcohol . Its not hidden. well done but my guess was 8.5abv. and hey, It is what it is. Yummy...If they ever sell this one in the market its gonna be a winner.
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2008 Bottle pours pitch black with a nice tan head. Has a dark fruit aroma with some cherry in there somewhere. There is also some bourbon on the nose. Has a medium to heavy mouthfeel. Taste is oak, vanilla, bourbon, vanilla, cherry, vanilla, and finishes with a slight cherry tart flavor that merries all the flavors together beautifully . This is a great beer.
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle (thanks Derek!!!). Poured a dark black with brown edges and an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of wood/oak, vanilla, the cherries were present but not overpowering, some bourbon, and light smoke. Tastes of cherries (starts out sweet and ends lightly tart), vanilla, oak, bourbon, some roastiness, and light chocolate. Creamy body with the alcohol well hidden. Cherry burps. I found neither the cherries or bourbon was over done and worked well together. I had this one after dinner and it made a great dessert.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am not a huge fan of the normal cherry stout or fruit stouts in general, so I wondered how this one would fair. Aroma was a rich vanilla bourbon with a hint of cherries. Taste was much the same, great velvety mouthfeel, big and rich vanilla cream, with a balancing cherry tartness and some roast as well. I actually liked the amount of bourbon in this one. Almost vinous at times. I think my only problems are more with the fact that this is a fruit stout, but overall, this was great.
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 31, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz Bottle. Noses a strong currant-tinted bourbon. Light roast backs up a warm alcohol sensation. Well blended and melded. Dappled with middle red fruits, pluots and cranberry. Not overly complex, but a little cold. Pours a rim in tan, with a deep black-mahogany and a brown rim. Palate starts out really oaky and dry, but then gracefully slides into a strong Mexican vanilla flan, custard and cream. Sweet, but not too much. A touch too barreled for me, but not bad. Iím not drawing a ton of the beer base through some of the bourbon, but itís expression is pretty decent. Vinous, some aged sherry and wine character. A touch curt as you keep drinking. Finish is impressive. Long, tart fruity. Complex. Just awesome as it develops. Really intricate and layered. Lots of different flavor. Excellent use of a barrel. Finishes forever in roast, cherry juice, bourbon and candy. Delightful! Thanks Sean!
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the 2007 GTMW: Pours an opaque black with a frothy, well-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of oaky vanilla bourbon and tart cherries. Body is semi-sweet, smooth and dark caramel and chocolate malty with nice cherry balance and fruity notes. Well done and enjoyable.